Adding categories and sorting activities
When you first go into the gradebook (from the 'Administration' menu in a unit: Administration > Unit administration > Grades), a table will be displayed with all the students as row headers and most of the activities in the unit as column headers.
If the gradebook is being used, it is a good idea to group and categorise those activities that will be assessed.
- From the first row of tabs in gradebook, select 'Setup'.
- Click on the 'Add category' button near the bottom of the page.
- You can have as many categories and sub-categories as you like but for simplicity the creation of a single category "Assessable" is recommended.
Type "Assessable" as the category name.
- Choose 'Natural' as the aggregation. There are lots of types of aggregations. 'Natural' is recommended because of its flexibility. It is possible that the other aggregations will eventually be obsoleted because 'Natural' can be used in the same way as all the others.
- In the 'Category total' section, check the 'Hidden' box. It is possible for students to work out what their total is, but it is not recommended to show it directly. Because of the moderation process, marks and grades may move slightly from what could be displayed.
- Click the 'Save changes' button.
Once categories have been set up in gradebook, an activity can be categorised within the activity itself. From the 'Grade' section of the activity's settings, select the 'Grade category' and save.
Once the category or categories are created, move each activity in the gradebook into its appropriate category.
The simplest way to do this is by clicking the four headed arrow icon adjacent to each activity, then click where you want to move the item to.
The order that you place the activities and categories will be the order that students will view them when they click on the gradebook for the unit.
After making any changes, click the 'Save changes' button.
In the example image below, the "Assessable" category has been moved to the top of the list and there are three items categorised as "Assessable". The "Assessable" total will not be visible to students - it has been hidden, so appears grey in this list when viewed as a lecturer. Any activity not in the "Assessable" category is uncategorised (and therefore not assessable).